Irreverent responses from our favourite travel ninjas.
Title/bio: Travel blogger, writer and photographer
Twitter/website: @LandLopers | landlopers.com
Born in: United States
Currently living in: Washington DC, US
1. Where would you rather be right now?
I’m actually writing this on a plane to
my next destination, but I’d almost always rather be in Paris. I’ve long had an
intense love affair with the city and it’s one of my favourite places in the
world to spend time.
2. Tourist must-see you think is actually a
Athens, the entire city. I’m sure there
are a few people out there who love it, but I’ve never met one and I’m
certainly no fan. It’s worth the trip to go, briefly, to see the major sights --
but that’s it. There are many other great destinations in Greece, though, where
I love spending time, especially in the islands.
3. Everyone asks what’s #1 on your list of
places you want to go before you die. But what’s your #3?
Nauru. It’s a very small island in the South Pacific and I’ve had an
intense fascination with it every since a college professor I once had used it in
every case study.
4. Strangest meal abroad:
Fried crickets in Mexico and yes, they
tasted as disgusting as they sound.
5. If someone was visiting your town,
what’s the one thing you’d show them?
Since I live in Washington DC, that’s a
really hard question. But one of my favourite spots in town is the Newseum, which is dedicated to the history
of the media and news. It’s a beautiful and endlessly fascinating museum.
6. Travel-related invention you wish
Teleportation, because unless you’re in first
class, getting there is not half the fun.
7. Material thing you miss the most when away from home:
My dogs. We have three rescued huskies
at home and they are truly the apples of my eye. It’s hard leaving them behind
when I travel but they make coming home that much sweeter.
8. Most unique souvenir:
A festival mask from Puerto Rico that’s
only made in one small town, principally by one family, out of coconuts. I love
it, but it tends to scare everyone who visits my house.
9. Best celebrity encounter while
I was once on a week-long, small ship
cruise of the Galapagos with Alex Trebek of TV show Jeopardy fame. Since it was
such a small ship we actually got to know Alex and his wife well.
10. The place you don’t want anyone to know
about but are willing to divulge here:
Albi in southwest France: the city and
surrounding area offer a great mix of natural beauty, history and of course fantastic
food and wine.